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NHL Hitz Pro is Midway's 2003/2004 entry into the licensed hockey market. For the 2004 sports season, Midway introduced a directive to move their sports titles away from over-the-top arcade-style gameplay, and introduce a more sim-like approach to sports. For NHL Hitz Pro, this meant moving away from 3-on-3 hockey to 5-on-5 hockey gameplay to make the game more authentic for the demands of the sim hockey player. While NHL Hitz Pro still maintains many of the arcade-style elements that were a signature feature of the Hitz series such as checks over the boards and hits through glass, the gameplay has been tuned to provide an experience that is accurate to the sport of hockey. That being said, the player has extensive options for tuning the gameplay for either a fast-paced arcade experience, or a slower, more sim-like style of play.

As with competing titles, Hitz Pro supports a franchise mode, season and exhibition gameplay and a game tutorial/practice mode. The title also sports a pickup hockey mode with several environments that are reminiscent of playing hockey in outdoor venues.


NHL Hitz Pro GameCube In-game screenshot
NHL Hitz Pro GameCube In-game screenshot
NHL Hitz Pro GameCube In-game screenshot
NHL Hitz Pro GameCube In-game screenshot

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IGN Sep 24, 2003 8.6 out of 10 86
Game Freaks 365 Oct, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
GameZone Oct 06, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Over Online Oct 07, 2003 82 out of 100 82
GameSpot Sep 24, 2003 8.1 out of 10 81
64 Power / big.N / N Games Oct, 2003 80 out of 100 80
GamePro (US) Sep 26, 2003 4 out of 5 80
Game Revolution Oct, 2003 B 75
GameSpy Oct 04, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Herkimer Chicanery (149) added NHL Hitz Pro (GameCube) on Nov 15, 2003
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